Surrendering Is Not A Battle Of The Wills, It’s An Act Of Worship


If 2016 is going to be a year of fulfillment and implementation [of God’s promises], then God must be in full swing. My heart is so full of hope, joy, and excitement, I can hardly contain myself. My heart is also filled with what Holy Spirit is filling it with – my future. In my spirit, I feel the next 11 months are going to be filled with opportunities to travel to specific places and minister, opportunities to lead worship, opportunities to grow in what God has called me to do in leadership, opportunities to step out further than I ever have in faith. I believe the favor I prayed for last year is the pavement I will walk upon this year.

This insight comes after a breakdown with Jesus and me. The Getchell schedule is very busy – and my flesh is very selfish. It doesn’t matter how giving of a person you are, everyone has something they don’t want to give up. I have mine. When you feel like that one thing that is “yours” is being infringed upon, naturally we begin to become defensive [or full of attitude, pride]. I feel like I give a lot of myself to others, to church, to work, to my family. I cannot tell you how many times I have these great ideas that will be accomplished in the evenings when I get home from work [or on a weekend] only they are met with dinner, baths, showers, laundry, rehearsal, prayer time, house cleaning, and prepping for the next day. The things I yearn to complete for myself never quite make it on the list. Then you feel Holy Spirit prompting you to give up yet another part of you. The only part you feel like you have left that is “yours” or “your time”. I fought it. I admit it, I was selfish in that moment [weeks]. Throughout my weeks of being selfish I felt like I wasn’t hearing from God. It was difficult for me to get into His presence. Normally it wasn’t. It was not until I had a conversation with my dear mother that I realized just how selfish I was being. Let me give you a visual… We are sitting at Dunkin Donuts having breakfast with my little girl. By the end of this conversation I am so full of internal frustration water works are happening. You can imagine what others were thinking around me. “Did someone die?” “Oh poor lady…” “She looks nuts!” And all the while, my daughter keeps asking, “mommy, why are you crying?”. How do I explain to a 3-year old that God just gave mommy a 2×4 across the head and I am crying because it hurts and I feel like I let Him down? (Sidenote: The devil is good at disguising things. He wants us to be prideful, manipulative, complainers that only think of ourselves. Do you really want to give him satisfaction?)

We went to church and in the midst of worship I found myself debating and arguing with myself mentally. Thinking about something I needed to do and then convincing myself why I don’t want to. If someone could be in my head watching I would appear to have multiple personalities. Becoming overwhelmed with my own thoughts, I fell to my knees and poured my heart out to God.

I surrendered.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

After all, it’s not a secret to Him. He knows exactly what I am thinking at all times. I know scripture well enough to know that God wins all the time. I would not allow the devil to win the battle happening in my mind. I overcame my flesh, and told God I would do whatever He wanted me to do, including give up the only thing I had that felt like “me time”.

worship

No sooner did the words come out of my mouth… I mean I am talking seconds… I felt a hand on my lower back. Prayers, in a language only described as angelic, began to pour out of this person’s mouth. My body swelled up with God’s presence – my eyes swelled with tears. The Lord spoke through this person and as I heard each and every word God had for me, I was overcome with more surrender. Surrender I didn’t even know I had in me. By the end of God speaking, all but one question I had asked God within the 21 day fast so far had been answered and accounted for. His last statement to me? “My good and faithful servant.” This single line put me over the top. I’m talking 100%, snotting out of the nose, forehead to the carpet, uncontrollable whaling. The people the chairs in front of me could probably hear me over the music.

I surrendered. God spoke.

Let me say, I don’t apologize for my moment with God. Our moments should never intentionally interrupt someone else’s worship – but sometimes when you are touched… you are just touched. My desire is for everyone I know to find their own, personal, unbridled freedom in worship to our Savior. When you can find your way to that place, there is no turning back. In those moments, you realize [or remember] what Jesus has brought you out of [your past sin] and placed you in [eternal life with Him, never lacking again]. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?!

Jade Getchell Signature

 

Advertisements

Tomorrow’s A New Day


I always feel like I’m the only one who asks questions that seem simple in theology – like everyone else around me has it all figured out and I am the only who doesn’t. Prayer is something I just seem to have questions with – and then I get to a point where I feel like “well, my questions really don’t matter because the Bible says I should be doing it” and move on away from my questions. But this one question keeps popping up. It’s extremely elementary but it still caused me to question… so what is it?

The question: Why should I pray the same thing or for the same person every single day? Why can’t I pray it – and then move on because God has heard my prayers?

The Holy Spirit spoke so clearly to me the other day. Almost made me ashamed I didn’t think of it on my own! lol… But if anyone knows me, they know I tend to over analyze quite often. If the simple answer is front of me, I probably won’t see it because I will think “surely, it can’t be THAT simple!”…

The answer: “I say to deny yourselves and carry your cross — daily. This means people struggle — daily. So they need your prayers for strength  — daily.”

I told you, the answer was simple. And it makes such great sense. For example: You are trying to quit smoking and you fail, what do you say? “Tomorrow’s a new day.” You’re on a diet and you blow it? You say, “Tomorrow I will do better.”

So consider picking up that list of things you want to change in yourself, or about someone else, or the family member you want to see saved, or the dream that has fallen dead and you want it revived, the job you need, the child you have been praying for but lost faith, the addiction you need broken, the addiction you want broken in your spouse – friend – family member – neighbor…

Start again. Tomorrow’s a new day.

94

You Can’t Get Fat If You Don’t Get Fed


So right about now you are reading this more than likely because the title has caught your attention… and that is ok 🙂 We are to study, pray, seek God and do for others whether that is giving, praying, supporting, etc. You can only go as far as the knowledge you have though…

Imagine being at a new job in a manufacturing company. You can only do as much work as the knowledge your boss has trained you in. Working for the Lord is no different. Your prayers will sound the same unless you learn His knowledge and read. Your spiritual gifts will remain dormant or flatlined if you don’t invest time into understanding them 100%. Your giving will struggle if you don’t have the fullest meaning of God’s abundant love.

You can’t hear the Lord if you don’t know what He sounds like!

You have to make it a point to set aside time to get fat on his word, otherwise you will look like an anorexic christian! lol (I can poke fun because I have been both at one point and time so be nice 🙂

So how do you start doing this? Get an app on your phone, or set your home page for the internet to a daily bible verse. Everyday read the verse and ask yourself how you can apply it to your life or someone else’s life. It’s a great way to begin this journey. Also, set aside 15 minutes in the morning to pray/worship. This is the best way to begin your day anyways. At first it is going to seem like a task, that you are doing it out of requirement; but, if you hold on long enough and keep pushing, it will become part of “what you do” and you will begin to enjoy time with God each morning. You will feel naked without it.

Your goal? Get to a point where you feel like you have left something when your Bible is not with you everywhere you go. Get to a point where you crave for your time with God – to hear Him. Start getting fat and when you receive a conformation at a service at church you can then share your food with someone else! It’s pretty awesome if I say so myself 🙂

Your Greatest Secret Weapon


This morning it seemed everything was pushing against me trying to get into prayer time. Everytime I would attempt to get started something happened. But I pushed through… When things seems to be getting in the way keeping you from prayer time, church, responsibilities within Christ‘s ministry for us it’s the enemy. He doesn’t want us to do anything for Jesus. He wants us to screw up – he wants us to cheat – he wants us to make so much money we lose focus – he wants us to think our success is because of “our hard work”. But it’s a lie… every bit of it. God is the author of our success. He is the author of healed marriages and our accomplishments.

Prayer time is the greatest and strongest weapon you have to face your day. The Bible (also known as your sword) is your defense. Study it, know it. How can you defend yourself in battle if you are not prepared? The military doesn’t sit around eating jelly doughnuts and then, “oh! it’s time for war!”… They have PT every morning, study their field of specialty, and constantly practice training exercises. Do you? Are you up every morning (or every night) studying? Then there is prayer time. This is how you get ready. Meditating on your sword’s blade – sharpening it every chance you get. Would you want to enter war with a dull blade? Prayer is your greatest secret weapon. The enemy doesn’t have it. The enemy knows scripture and will tempt you by manipulating it every way he can… but because you are studied up, prayed up and prepared you will be able to tell the difference. Otherwise you just fall into the same trap every other person in this world falls into.

Do you want to be ordinary for God? Or EXTRAordinary for God?

Think about it.